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Where did you get your love of Christmas?

Over the weekend my wife and I were discussing our different family traditions and values. In response to something I said about her side, she replied "It's the way you were raised to love Christmas."

That led me to wonder where our love of Christmas really came from. Was it something inherited? Was it the result of a particular family tradition? Or was it something we got in spite those around us being more Scrooge than Santa?

For me, I was raised by parents who enjoyed Christmas, but nothing unusual. But I had a great aunt, who has long since passed away, who would decorate her house from top to bottom every year. She was known to put up her Christmas tree, a stark white flocked artificial, while neighborhood kids were trick-or-treating. Between the first of November and her New Years Eve party, I loved to be over at that aunt's house just to be around her holiday spirit. There was a particular ornament on her tree, an early Hallmark Magic ornament that has Santa and Mrs. Claus popping out of their house to kiss before his long trip, that I would watch for what seemed like hours. Several years ago I found that ornament on ebay and got it to have on our own tree.

I've always loved Christmas, the movies, the music, etc. but I think that aunt gave me the knowledge or courage to love Christmas for more than a few weeks of the year.
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From my parents, from the presents, and knowing that most of the world is celebrating at the same time as me.
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from when i was younger.when my family and i would decorate the tree and around the house.listening to christmas music.when i was little i would just get excited about writing my christmas list to santa.just the happy feeling you get around christmas...my wife says the same thing to me about my love for christmas.im the one that got her into loving christmas again because she had gone through some rough ones with family issues.they were too materialistic and showed her how christmas really is.and im gonna do the same with my son.he's only three and knows alot more about christmas then i did at that age.
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I think I got it from my maternal grandmother, who lived next door to us. We would listen to her Christmas records in July, long before we knew about Christmas in July! Her only decor was the tree & maybe candles in the living room windows, but she was worse than a kid on Christmas Eve! She loved shopping for gifts, & I would wrap them for her. We gathered at her house for dinner & gifts on Christmas Eve. Everything was warm & cozy & pictures & videos were made.

As happens with dementia the things she enjoyed most were the first things she forgot. We had Christmas at her house the first year she was sick, but it was too sad. Lots of people around agitated her. After that, we gathered at my parents on Christmas Eve, then went next door to visit Nanny, who had no clue who we were or what day it was.

I was pregnant with DD when Nanny passed away. She shares a part of her name & is like her in a lot of ways. DD loves Christmas things just like Nanny did. A part of her Christmas spirit lives on!
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From my Mom! Her house is always fully decorated at Christmas, with Santa Clauses everywhere you look. She would bake meat pies, Christmas cookies and deserts all through the month of December, it always smelt so good in the house. Then on Christmas Day she would cook supper for the whole family, everyone would come! Grandma, all my aunts and uncles, and cousins. You can just feel the warmth and love flowing through the house when everyone is there.
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Love this question & I can't wait to read the reply's...but it's lunch time & I have to scoot. I'll be back to read later!!
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My family wasn't particularly Christmas-mad ... I think my love of Christmas grew out of my love for Christmas music. Even as a child, I could play it and listen to it by the hour. I remember following along with the words of carols in a songbook, and scrounging up an empty plastic margarine tub and a couple of unsharpened pencils so I could play along with "Little Drummer Boy." Hearing Christmas music today---especially recordings that I knew from my childhood---really evoke the spirit for me.
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My Dad. He could hardly wait to get our Christmas decorations up. Then he'd go to our church and decorate there, too. He loved any version of "A Christmas Carol", and it got to the point where he and I would sit on the couch and say the lines along with the movie. He had a fascination with the idea of "Figgy Pudding" (I guess from the song, and from the puddings shown in the Christmas Carol movies), and when I got married and steamed a REAL Figgy Pudding for him, I think it was one of the best days of his life. He loved Christmas music too. Every day when I was a kid, I would play the piano after dinner. He'd come into the room where I was playing, and usually would want to hear a Christmas song. His knowledge of Christmas music was very comprehensive; to this day, I very rarely have to have written music to play a Christmas piece. My dad also had a very particular job at Christmas; to cut up all the veggies (onion, celery, cabbage), and cube the bread for the stuffing. I can still see the table in our club basement covered with bread cubes. There's a lot more I could tell you about, like the vintage mechanical Santa Clause that got turned on once a year, and the old 78 RPM Christmas Records....it was all fun. My Dad died New Year's Eve morning in 2010, and just about the last thing he wanted at home was for me and my Sister to put the tree up at the beginning of December. We did, and he went to the hospital for the last time a week later. That particular Christmas was very hard. But I can still remember all the stuff me and my Dad did at Christmas, and the family still has a great time.
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Family: my mom loved Christmas, dad was okay with it; he enjoyed the fun and excitement his kids had. Also had an aunt who loved Christmas, and she decorated so beautifully for the season.

Music: Christmas music, to me, is the most beautiful music we have. So many songs resonated with me as a child, and they created Christmas within me, in some way. As I grew older a deeper appreciation has happened for the more obscure / religious songs (In the Bleak Midwinter and Past Three O'Clock being recent favorites). Most Christmas songs create a vision in my head / feeling in my heart that no other type of music does.

Media: being a kid in the 70s, it was magical. We were treated to some of the best specials and shows of the season. And, whenever one of the "classics" were on, you better make sure you watched it, or that was it until next year. So when shows like "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" or "Rudolph" were on back then, it was a special event - no watching them on DVD's whenever you wanted.
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